July 11, 2016 Subject:
This cookbook is absolutely charming! Lovely layout and illustrations and the recipes stand the test of time almost 100 years later. Love it, love it, love it!!
October 10, 2011 Subject:
I love the layout of this book. This is a new favorite!
April 22, 2010 Subject:
A wonderful and terrible book
I adore this book as a snapshot into time. I like to cook, and pride myself on my cooking. I also like to dip into books that describe what life was supposed to be like for people in different eras.
The book delights me for that reason, but I do *not* recommend the recipes. Hideously over-cooked vegetables. Meals that are a symphony of one color. Very few seasonings. Meats cooked to shoe leather. Lots of bizarre things put in aspic and served in the oddest combinations according to my palate. Possibly the candies and biscuits are edible (although I'd lower the salt) but I wouldn't try anything else.
I did try the rice-pudding. As my tactful younger daughter said, "Mommy, this was your first try- you'll do better next time." (I make fabulous rice pudding, but not from this recipe!)
However, this is a portrait of what new marriages and house-keepers were supposed to emulate within a certain social class of Americans in 1917. I was delighted by the care and feeding of an icebox, and by the 1942 version where the care and feeding of the modern refrigerator is mentioned. There were two types: The electric, which conveniently screwed into a light socket, and the gas-powered!
Sleeping porches, themed teas. Cleaning your kid gloves using gasoline in the kitchen. It's a wonderful book, but kids- don't do this at home.